Prince Andrew asked tax haven tycoons for £ 200,000 to repair Queen’s Chapel
Prince Andrew has applied for a loan of Â£ 200,000 to finance a construction project in the Queen’s private church from the boss of a controversial bank he has secretly promoted around the world.
Leaked documents reveal the Duke of York demanded money from Jonathan Rowland, Managing Director of Bank Havilland, to spend on the Royal Chapel of All Saints, which is within the grounds of his stately home in Windsor Great Park. Mr Rowland told the Duke he was sure “we can help on good terms”.
The revelation follows reports that real estate mogul David Rowland, Jonathan’s father and one of the Conservative Party’s major donors, paid a separate Â£ 1.5million that had been donated to Andrew by Banque Havilland, based in Luxembourg and controlled by the Rowland family.
Prince Andrew has asked the son of Conservative Party donor David Rowland, left, for a loan of Â£ 200,000 to help fund work on the Queen’s private church in Windsor
Leaked documents reveal the Duke of York demanded money from Jonathan Rowland, Managing Director of Bank Havilland, to spend on the Royal Chapel of All Saints, which is within the grounds of his stately home in Windsor Great Park. Mr Rowland told the Duke he was sure “we can help on good terms”
The prince has been faced with questions about his financial relationship with David and Jonathan Rowland since The Mail on Sunday revealed his secret business activities in December 2019, including how he plugged their bank on official trade missions meant to promote the British companies. Surprisingly, he also allowed the Rowlands to hold shoehorn meetings in his official business tours so he could grow Bank Havilland and court high net worth clients.
Now the MoS can reveal that Andrew, who was known as ‘Client X’ by bank staff, demanded money from the Rowlands to pay for repairs to a church of emotional significance to the Queen.
Buckingham Palace and Andrew’s spokesperson declined to say whether he received the loan and – if so – whether he paid it back.
Located less than 100 yards from the Royal Lodge, the 30-room home of the Duke, the Royal Chapel of All Saints’ Day acts as an informal parish church for residents and staff of Windsor Great Park. This is where the Queen worships when she is in residence at Windsor Castle.
It was the location of Princess Beatrice’s wedding to Edoardo Mapelli Mozzi in July last year and the Queen Mother’s coffin lay for two days in front of the chapel altar in 2002 before being taken to London for his state funeral.
In a message to Jonathan Rowland, then CEO of Banque Havilland, in June 2011, Andrew requested a four-year loan, indicating he was unable to raise funds from the church congregation. ‘I have to facilitate a Â£ 200,000 loan for more work on my chapel in RL’s garden [Royal Lodge],’ he wrote. “I would like to know what you can do for me and what it would cost me to take out a loan of Â£ 200,000 paid off over four years?”
“It’s going to be difficult to get this amount from the small congregation and friends in time to do it before, so my contribution would be interest charges for four years.”
Jonathan Rowland, 46, replied, âOkay. Come back to you. Of course, we can help on good terms.
Last night, palace sources said no construction work had been done on the chapel since the email exchange. The last work would have taken place in 2008.
The Duke’s loan request came a year after David Rowland paid Â£ 40,000 to help clear debts accumulated by Andrew’s ex-wife Sarah Ferguson. Four months earlier, Andrew had taken the financier to the Queen’s Scottish estate at Balmoral, where he was said to have met the monarch and Prince Charles.
Responding to the new revelations, Norman Baker, a former minister who has written a book on royal finances, said: âI find it extraordinary that Andrew is seeking a favor from a financial friend for the Queen’s Chapel. He has to say whether he took the money he asked for and, if so, whether he paid it back.
Last month, financial site Bloomberg reported that David Rowland, 76, transferred Â£ 1.5million to Andrew in December 2017, days after the Queen’s second son borrowed a similar sum from the Bank. Havilland. A year later, Banque Havilland was fined 4 million euros for failing to put in place guarantees against money laundering, one of the biggest fines ever imposed by the Luxembourg regulator.
David Rowland, who gave Â£ 6million to the Tories, was announced as party treasurer in 2010 but resigned before starting the job after it emerged he had lived in tax exile in Guernsey.
A spokesperson for Banque Havilland said: âThe bank can confirm that it does not have and does not give loans on the chapels. The bank categorically denies any wrongdoing.
Prince Andrew and Jonathan Rowland declined to comment.